California Highway Patrol officers made three arrests Friday night when they conducted a DUI-driver’s license checkpoint in Sand Canyon, outside city of Santa Clarita limits.
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CHP officers screened 337 cars and made one DUI arrest and cited two unlicensed drivers at a checkpoint near the intersection of Sand Canyon Road and Sierra Highway. The checkpoint was scheduled to take place from about 7 p.m. until 2 a.m.
All three vehicles associated with the alleged crimes were towed, according to CHP Officer John Lutz of the Newhall area CHP office.
Local law enforcement agencies, both the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station and the California Highway Patrol, regularly host checkpoints in the Santa Clarita Valley supported by federal grants.
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Even though arrest totals do not rise dramatically, the psychological influence a checkpoint has on the motoring public is invaluable, according to officials.
Sobriety checkpoints are conducted in accordance to the guidelines for checkpoint operations outlined in the U.S. Supreme Court decision Ingersol vs. Palmer.
Traffic volume permitting, all vehicles are checked. If traffic volumes become too heavy, vehicles to be checked are selected by a pre-set standard, such as every fifth vehicle, according to a CHP statement.
Funding for this program is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
For further information, please feel free to contact California Highway Patrol Public Information Officer John Lutz at (661) 294-5540.
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Source: Santa Clarita News